Jill Stein Launches Green Party Presidential Bid

By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is seeking the Green Party’s nomination for president, vowing to challenge President Barack Obama from the left on jobs, foreclosures and health care.

Jill Stein, a medical doctor and former candidate for governor, said protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement reflect a deep dissatisfaction with Obama.

Stein is proposing what she’s calling a Green New Deal to provide public jobs for the unemployed. She said the party hopes to be on the ballot in 45 states.

See: Jill Stein Campaign Site

She’s not the only candidate seeking the nomination. Kent Mesplay, a Green Party leader in California, has also announced his candidacy.

Neither is well-known nationally, but Democrats are leery of a replay of 2000, when many believe Green Party candidate Ralph Nader siphoned enough votes from Al Gore to help Republican George W. Bush win.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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